Foodie Friday: Vibrant Summer Salads, Savor-Style!

August 7, 2015

Vibrant salads showcase a colorful mixture of farm fresh ingredients and according to a recent study, people think salads that resemble great art taste better. So we have put together a list of 10 visually-stunning salads that delight your taste buds and celebrate summer’s bounty.  

Shrimp Salad with Hominy, Arugula and Lime

With similar ingredients you’d find wrapped up in taco, this brightly colored shrimp salad is light but satisfying. Enjoy with chips and beer on a hot day.

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Recipe and image from Food & Wine.


Baby Lettuces with Feta, Strawberries and Almonds

This salad is an extraordinary combination of ingredients that wouldn’t seem to go together but work extremely well in a salad: feta, strawberries and almonds.

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Recipe and image from Food & Wine.


Southern Cobb Salad with Roasted Sweet Onion Dressing

This fantastic salad gets a boost of flavor from a toasty roasted sweet onion and garlic dressing.

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Recipe and image from Food & Wine.


Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions

A delicious go-to summer salad. New onions – similar to regular onions but with fresh green tops and without the papery skins – take on a whole new flavor when roasted in the oven.  

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Recipe and image from Food52.


Grilled Avocado Halves with Cumin-Spiced Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Creamy, delicious avocado meets a hassle-free, versatile quinoa salad for the perfect anytime summer side dish.

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Recipe and image from Food52.


Watermelon, Tomato and Four-Herb Salad

This is the perfect salad to make on a hot summer day. It is incredibly light and refreshing and would be a great option to serve at an outdoor picnic. This version calls for equal parts torn basil, mint and tarragon, which adds a lot of depth and flavor to the salad.  Feel free to substitute shaved pecorino with what you have on hand, such as feta or mozzarella cheese.

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Recipe and image from Food52.


Plum Fennel Salad with Honey-Ginger Dressing

One of the summer’s best in-season fruit is paired with different textures and aromatic spices for this mouthwatering salad.

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Recipe and image from Bon Appétit.


Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad

This farro salad, from the restaurant Charlie Bird in New York City delivers incredible flavor with well season farro, good olive oil and bright vegetables.

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Recipe and image from the New York Times.


Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

This variation of Caesar Salad calls for grilled chicken and hard-cooked eggs, as opposed to the traditional dressing made with raw egg yolks.

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Recipe and image from the New York Times.


Panzanella with Mozzarella and Herbs

This Tuscan bread salad is the perfect place to use those soft, overripe tomatoes at the height of tomato season. The traditional panzanella salad is made with stale, dried bread that gets revitalized with the dressing, making it an ideal make-ahead dish. Trust us on this one, the longer it sits out, the better it tastes!

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Recipe and image from the New York Times.

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